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Since Splatoon 3’s release date was pushed back to fall, the Squid Research Lab has slowly shown off its finding on the upcoming game. Building off of its last announcement, that all basic weapons from Splatoon and Splatoon 2 would be returning in Splatoon 3, this week’s features the Charger weapon class. The sniper weapon of the Inkling and Octoling world can splat opponents in one shot, and paired with great Sub and Special weapons, can help turn the tide of any Turf War.



First up is the Splat Charger. Hailing from both Splatoon and Splatoon 2, it gets a brand new design for Splatoon 3. We’ve seen it in action already, thanks to the new release date announcement trailer, Salmon Run Next Wave trailer, and Return of the Mammalians trailer.



Returning from both Splatoon and Splatoon 2 is the Classic Squiffer! Its design for Splatoon 3, features some purple accents with touches of light blue. At least with this particular model that the Squid Research Lab shows off. Previously, we’ve seen a slightly more blue version of the charger in promotional artwork for Salmon Run Next Wave.



Lastly, we have the E-liter 4k, and this heavyweight charger debuted in Splatoon 2. Its Splatoon 3 version will be sporting plastic blue parts (instead of yellow) and will have even more of a metallic shine. We’ve known about this particular charger since Splatoon 3’s official announcement as it made an appearance during the 4 vs. 4 Turf War segment.



That’s it for the charger weapons, for now. More will definitely be available once Splatoon 3 launches as well as any ongoing support/updates that Nintendo will have planned (similar to the previous games).

You can try out these charger weapons for yourself when Splatoon 3 launches on September 9th for Nintendo Switch. Don’t forget to secure your copy of the game too! You can check out a list of retailers you can order from in our pre-order guide.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)